This young palm gives gives visitors a chance to get up close – but beware the rings of black spines at each leaf junction with the stem (nodes), which characterise this species from the Seychelles. Some believe these spines evolved as a protection from grazing by giant tortoises.
The plant takes its specific name from these dark (melano) bristly (chaeto) spines; its generic name celebrates 19th century German explorer Alfred Roscher, who traversed this region. It is a slow-growing rainforest species, found on mountainous parts of Mahe and the Sihouette islands, where it is under threat from ongoing clearance.CLICK HERE TO GO TO NEXT PALM
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